Those who choose not to wear a seatbelt will feel the heat from officers.
You may think you are a safe driver, always obeying the posted speed limit signs, but if you're one of those motorist who refuse to wear your seatbelt, today you may not be so lucky.
The 2012 Click It or Ticket enforcement initiative kicks off and Maryland State Police in Frederick will be out in full force cracking down on those who don't buckle up. Lt. Todd May, Commander, of the Frederick Barrack, says the goal is to save more lives. "They need to be aware of this. We want to make sure they start thinking about using seatbelts and, particularly, child safety seats," said Lt. May.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show that in 2010 alone, seatbelts saved an estimated 12,546 lives nationwide. "What we have found in this, has been born out by all kinds of statistics and studies, that your likelihood of being injured in a motor vehicle accident, dramatically increasing, without the usage of occupancy restraints, even if you do have airbags."
In 2010, 22,187 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in motor vehicle crashes, according to NHTSA, and 51% of them were not wearing seatbelts at the time of their fatal crashes. "The use of the restraints are very important, as well as it is the State law," continued Lt. May.
While this year's Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization runs from May 7th through June 3rd, motorists should know that officers are out enforcing seatbelt laws year round. "We find that many are not buckling up at night, so we will be out around the clock."
Those who choose not to wear a seatbelt will feel the heat from officers. "You will either receive a citation for the offense, or you could possibly receive a warning."